If you are using the bird trainer routine (Axtrax), try adding David Ginn's one hand rope tie (NEARLY UNPUBLISHED book shows you how - page 26 - available from Axtell). It replaces the awkward "hide the knot in your hand" business and displays your skill to the audience. It takes some practice but I've done it hundreds of times and it always works.
Rope Trick Video
January 16 2009, 8:09 PM
Wow a post from 2001 resurrected! Here is a video showing the Rope move Steve is talking about.
Even before I had my first Axtell, I was working on routines to use with the Axtell bird puppets. One of the one's I'm still working on polishing (before I use it to audition for a local theme park) is my bird trainer routine as Dr. Arthur Cornieleous Gull, A. C. Gull for short, aviation veterinarian and Bird Train TO THE STARS! Oi, just imagine the fun places a skit like that can go. And I also had another one in mind if I get my hands on one of the hands free puppet: Baldwin Deagle - His Friend Call Him Bal (yes, Bal Deagle) - Professional Aviation Observitator. He's a High-class Bird Watch with a deadly fear of...BIRDS. With His graas-green shirt and sky blue pants he feels he's perfectly camouflaged. Oh and let's not forget the tuna sandwich strapped to his safari hat to draw the birds close enough to watch.
Other skits I've been working on (that sadly I haven't had a chance to finish) Involve your Eye In The Sky Traffic Bird
The Spokesbird for the Early Bird Dinner at Joe's Diner
The Spokesbird for Cow-Fil-A
Flying Free Without Drugs
Just to name a few anyway
January 19 2009, 1:35 PM
It sounds like your show is for the birds! Great job. You may want to include a photo of the ostrich to put the job tryout over the top!
These jokes are for the birds
January 19 2009, 2:01 PM
What kind of movies do birds like?
What type of restaurants do birds like?
Did you know that birds have hollow bones?
Bird: So do humans.
Bird: Yes. Isn't your skull a bone?
Bird: And it's hollow!
Why did the chicken cross the road?
He wanted to lay it all on the line.
OR He wanted to show the opossum it could be done.
OR He was trying to get away from Colonel Sanders.
How many feathers are in a ton?
2,000 pounds worth!
V: You are a special bird.
B: Yes, I am.
V: What makes you special?
B: I'm cute.
V: But what makes you different from other birds?
B: I'm cuter.
V: What can you do better than other birds?
B: Look GOOD!
V: Why was the baby duck embarrassed?
B: I give up. Why was the baby duck embarrassed?
V: He found out that his pants wer down! (Laugh silently to himself.)
B: (Just shakes his head.)
January 19 2009, 3:26 PM
The only rope trick I've used on a bird puppet was the "Stiff Rope". Perhaps, you could also do a cut and restored rope routine. Or a color changing rope.
January 21 2009, 5:28 AM
The stiff rope is great, I've been useing it for years. I think I do it on one of the Axtell video catalogues!
Also the change bag routine that I entered for this years video competion. This is a great routine as you can do it with any object that fits into a change bag. Just make sure that the item is shown to the audience. I must put up the blooper real from my show!